HS Helsinki Kirsti Mehdon’s Magic Lamp is an unreal oasis in the middle of the Rock taken by hipsters – Such is the legendary café that never advertises itself anywhere

Kirsti Mehto founded the café Taikalampun Kallio 26 years ago. There are no opening hours at the cafe door and there is no display case inside. Payment is only in cash. Still, year after year, customers find their way to the cafe.

Woman sitting at the back of the room and knitting. The knit is the same electric blue shade as the eye borders.

Café Taikalampu has no customers in the early evening. Nowhere is there a menu or display case inside which Korean cake pieces would invite further. Just asking would find out what is on offer today.

The look rises from the knitting.



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